Tracing Famous ‘Mayflower’ Passenger Peregrine White’s Family Tree

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The historical newspaper article in the upper right is an obituary of Peregrine White, “the First Englishman born in New England”—he was born on board the Mayflower in Cape Cod Harbor in November 1620! Peregrine White’s obituary appeared in the Boston News-Letter (Boston, Massachusetts), 24 July-31 July 1704, page 2. The newspaper article below it is about a family reunion including four generations of Peregrine White’s descendants who gathered in McMinnville, Oregon. This family reunion newspaper article was published in the Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 30 May 1915, Section 3, page 9.
Peregrine White’s descendants were understandably proud to have such a famous ancestor, a Mayflower ship passenger, in their family tree. This past summer, when Mary Alice (Haskell) Morey (1928-2011) died, her obituary prominently mentioned that she was a direct descendant of Peregrine White.Her obituary was printed by the Natick Bulletin & TAB (Natick, Massachusetts), 22 July 2011, page 18. Read her complete obituary in GenealogyBank.

With over 250,000 newspaper articles at GenealogyBank related to the Mayflower you can learn so much more about Peregrine White and his descendants, as well as discover who the other Pilgrims were that arrived in America as passengers on the famous ship. Research Mayflower ship passenger lists and explore our Pilgrim ancestors’ lives with newspaper articles about Plymouth Colony. Maybe you have ancestors who arrived on the Mayflower too?

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all genealogists around the world!

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Written by Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp is the Director of Genealogy Products at GenealogyBank. Tom Kemp is an internationally known librarian and archivist – he is the author of over 35 genealogy books and hundreds of articles about genealogy and family history. He previously served as the Chair of the National Council of Library & Information Associations (Washington, DC) and as Library Director of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the New England Historic Genealogical Society. He began his career in 1963 as the Assistant to the Librarian, in the Genealogy & Local History Room at the Ferguson Library (Stamford, CT). His motto is: It is a Great Day for Genealogy!

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12 thoughts on “Tracing Famous ‘Mayflower’ Passenger Peregrine White’s Family Tree

    • I recently was presented a letter that was written by my great-aunt in the 1970s. In the letter my Aunt Myrtle Stanton whose mother’s maiden name was White wrote about being related to Peregrine White. Would be interested in anyone related.

  1. We have just discovered that my husband, Rex is a 9th Great-Grandson of Peregrine White & in trying to discover more about this lineage have come across his 2nd Great-Grandmother by the name of Pauline Evelyn Mullins, and was courios if she might also be a decent of the Mayflower Mullins?

  2. My grandma was Vonnie white(her dad harold floyd white)from champville w.v.a. I traced grandpa to grandpa on macavo right back to peregrine white.born 1620 on the Mayflower.very cool!

  3. How do I access this tree? My ggrandfather, William, was said to have been a descendant of Peregrine White, but I can’t find the documentation to prove or disprove. William was born in Dutchess County, PA (according to maps, Dutchess County is in New York) in 1788. This info came from William’s obituary. Any help will be appreciated.

  4. My grandpa has a our family tree and it shows us as direct descendants! To Gail White, I used and ended up with the same exact tree as my grandfathers. Maybe that will help you

  5. I am also a decendent of Peregrine White! I am related to Ursula White whose father was William White II, brother to Peregrine. I am fascinated with geneology and would be honored to keep up with my distant family. Please contact me if we are related!

  6. I have found out through research completed by my cousin that we are direct descendants of Peregrine. She has a book that she has completed that traces the White family all the way back into England. I live in Charleston, WV.

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